Opinions wanted on swim camp

Opinions wanted on swim camp

Post by tedr » Wed, 02 Apr 1997 04:00:00


Has anyone attended the Stanford Swim Camp for Masters swimmers?Would
appreciate any feedback re the experience.Thanks.

 
 
 

Opinions wanted on swim camp

Post by Stac » Thu, 03 Apr 1997 04:00:00

Hi Group,


<Has anyone attended the Stanford Swim Camp for Masters <swimmers?Would
<appreciate any feedback re the experience.Thanks.>

I attended the three day Freestyle camp for Masters, last year.  The
coaches were Bill Boomer,Technique Guru to Stanford and many other
division 1 schools, consultant on technique to the US Olympic Program and
Terry Laughlin's mentor,  Richard Quick women's coach at Stanford, Skip
Kenney, men's coach at Stanford and Ross Geary women's assistant coach at
Stanford.  
I was fairly familiar with most of the concepts and ideas that coach
Boomer and the Stanford program used.  I've been using lot's of these
concepts since I started working with Total Immersion 3 years ago.  But I
never had the chance to spend that much time with The Master and I jumped
at it.  
Boomers concepts and ideas on body balancing, conservation of energy, and
vessel shaping just make SO much sense.  His goal in coaching (roughly
interpreted here) is to get his swimmer to the same point in the race as
the other swimmers by spending less heartbeats (using less energy) and to
maximize that swimmers options to finish the race.  At the camp we spent
three days learning the concepts hinted at previously.  The first day we
spent about four hours in the pool learning how to balance our bodies in
swimming positions without using the arms.  We got to use our arms on the
second day!
I could go on...  obviously I think the camp is a great deal.  Don't go
expecting to do thousands and thousands of yards, go expecting to be
challenged to the very core of your swimming beliefs.  Bring an open mind
and leave with a new understanding of your stroke.  I'm hoping to attend
the four stroke camp this year.
One more word about the Coaches.  Richard Quick and Skip Kenney were the
head Olympic Coaches last year and the Camp I attended was five weeks
prior to the start of the games.  I'm sure folks would have understood if
they had blown off a bunch of Masters Swimmers to take care of pressing
Olympic duties, but no, there they were on deck every session with Bill
and Ross workin' their butts off with the swimmers.   I was impressed with
their dedication to the task at hand.  They even sat and had lunch with us
daily, and let us ask the kinds of questions only a Masters swimmer could
come up with.  Yeah you might say I enjoyed my three day weekend at
Stanford.
Brian Stack
Coach Manatee Masters
Oakland CA USA